It’s a heartbreaking week for artists and venues in the North Bay, with the fires still raging in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino. Electronic music pioneer Bernie Krause lost his home, all his equipment and his two cats. The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa suffered some damage, and along with the Green Music Center and other venues, remains closed indefinitely. Same for the di Rosa in Napa, the Napa Museum, and the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center. The Mystic Theatre in Petaluma opened its doors as a shelter, but resumes programming on Friday (Oct. 13).

The Hop Monk Taverns in Sonoma and Sebastopol are canceling weekend music shows, but owner Dean Biersch says they’re still hoping to do a Sunday show with John Doe of the band X at their Novato venue, depending on air quality. The Inaugural Wine Country Spoken Word Festival is offering a special rate of five dollars for tickets to their Ghost Stories event at Brewsters Beer Garden in Petaluma (Oct. 13), and for their shows on Saturday (Oct. 14), with half the proceeds to be donated to fire victims and their families. Our thoughts are with you all you.

Meanwhile here’s our show, a refuge against stress, of joy through art, in the midst of tragedy, with my colleague, Interactive Producer Kevin Jones, as co-host.

Oct. 20-21: Nick Hakim plays trippy soul music that seems to drift through space at a pair of gigs in San Francisco and Oakland.

Oct. 12-22: The play My Sweet Land presents its tale of Syrian refugees in home and community kitchens through the cooking of a batch of kibbeh.

Oct. 14Concerts and seminars at U.C. Santa Cruz and U.C. Berkeley present music from a united Korean culture from before the country divided.

Oct. 7-Jan. 21, 2018: An inflatable sculpture at the Oakland Museum of California battles existential dread.

Oct. 14: Fantastic Negrito makes music to inspire and unite.

Oct. 18 & 19: MacArthur Fellow and writer Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer) speaks at San Jose State Oct. 18 and at  Santa Clara University Oct. 19.

Oct 13, 14: The documentary On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone plays at the Mill Valley Film Festival 

On the Air: Cy and Kevin’s Do List Picks for Oct. 13, 2017 14 February,2018Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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